Behind Boundless – Art in Autumn


On Thursday nights after Songsters we have just a short walk to our tube station from the corps and it is normally an uneventful walk. This week however, we saw a street performer playing a tuba with flames. Yes, there were flames coming out of the tuba. There isn’t really an important reason for this to be in our blog, but we have a photo so we thought we would share.

On Friday night we went out to dinner with a a new friend of ours, Steve. A few weekends ago we watched his dog while he was out of town and he wanted to take us out as a thank you. We went to a place that was just outside the main city area which was great because we also got to see a new part of London. The food was fantastic as was the company. Steve has a long history with The Salvation Army here and was able to tell us about corps near where we live that we might want to check out while living in London.

Mejee and I decided that on Saturday we should explore more of the city, specifically a few of the museums. Alexa met us at our first destination, the National Gallery. There were portraits of historic figures, landscapes and depictions of historic events. There were also a lot of elaborate gold painted frames…a lot! Next, we went to the Tate. The Tate Museum is very different from the National Gallery. The Tate is a museum of modern art created by artists from around the world. I must admit – it was my favorite out of the two. We saw everything from drawings and paintings to sculptures and artistic structures. The variety that you can see within one building is amazing. Sometimes quite abstract, but amazing. They also have a cafe and “art bar” where you could draw your own art piece. By the time we made it through all the floors and exhibits at the Tate we decided to call it a day. It was a good thing that we decided on an indoor tourist activity for the day because it rained for a majority of the day.

We had originally planned to go to a corps that we have not yet been to on Sunday, but Mejee woke up feeling quite sick so we decided that it was best to avoid sharing germs at a new corps. Over the last few weeks we have heard about so many corps that we want to check out, so hopefully next week we both will be feeling good.

It finally has begun to feel like Fall here. The temperature has dropped a bit and it has started to rain. The fun part is that now we The overground station that we wait at in the mornings to go to work has outdoor platforms which are not ideal in the rain and wind. We’ve learned that the key is to try to arrive at the station just a couple minutes before your train leaves so you don’t have to wait in the cold too long. I’m sure this will become particularly important in the dead of winter. This is of course a perfect plan only when the trains are all on time.



The Flaming Tuba Player.

Taking Glen for a walk.

 Art at the Tate Museum.

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I never intended to make “Faith Movies.” I really never intended to explore my faith at this point in life. But that’s the curious way things happen in this world – it’s not always our intentions, but rather His plan for us put into motion.

Six years ago I wrote “Rust,” about a Pastor who had lost track and become upset with God for His lack of communication at a time when the world was imploding. Looking back, though not a Pastor myself, I’m sure that was a deeper part of me, searching for a new relationship with God. The film was made and then picked up by Sony/Affirm Films. Suddenly I was a new writer, director and sometimes actor of “Faith Based Movies.”

I quickly wrote and produced three more films, not really understanding the motivating factor, but rather, simply going with what “felt right to do.” This had become God’s journey for me, to create a new relationship with Him. I had always “believed in God,” and danced very generally around my faith, but never really jumped in headfirst to take it to the next level.


The official poster for “Rust”; Image Courtesy of Kipling Film Productions.
Making movies of faith has become my personal journey toward God and, believe me, making movies is never easy. But some of the situations that have “coincidently” happened have helped us. Even the ease of coming up with story and screenplays has been nothing short of “miraculous.” He is clearly at the easel, guiding me, and those around me.

They may be my words – our films – but they are His brushstrokes.

After five films that we generated through our company Home Theater Films, my producing partner, Chris Aronoff, and I sat down and said, “why do all Faith Based movies” have to be so …“faithy?” Why can’t we make just great movies in variety of genres; action, thriller, or Romantic Comedy? “These things happen in the lives of Christians!”


The exciting new Romantic Comedy “Christian Mingle” releases October 10th; Photo Courtesy of Home Theater Films.
We quickly decided that we’d like to make a Romantic Comedy, and within days, literally, I met the fellow who runs Christian Mingle at a Faith and Film summit.

Without blinking I approached him and said, “I want to do a movie with you, with Christian Mingle, a Romantic Comedy.” He asked what the idea was and right there, on the spot, I invented the general story that is actually the film today! He liked it and suddenly we were off to the races, with God once again, painting another stroke on my Canvas.

He is always very much in charge of the journey he has planned for me.

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Behind Boundless – Normal Nothing


I knew it would happen eventually. A week would pass where nothing interesting happened. This week was the first of those. Normal office work, a few site visits to the O2, and church on Sunday. This week we went to Chalk Farm and everyone there wanted to know if we knew Kevin Larsson and Duncan Sutton. Eventually the CSM was telling people he had already asked and yes, we know them. Apparently they went to Chalk Farm when they were at university. Well, that’s what everyone at the corps wanted us to know. Chalk Farm has some serious history. One of the corps officers showed us the band room where they have a collection of old photos, books, and various memorabilia from the glory days of the corps. One of the most impressive items to me was a framed Order of the Founder certificate that was signed by General Evangeline Booth. Pretty cool. I’m really regretting not taking any photos now… we’ll just have to go back.

On Friday (I know this isn’t chronological) we went to the South London Divisional Youth Chorus rehearsal, which will have a new name soon. It’s led by Nick Hampton (and Alan or Allen whom we just met) whom we met at the Regent Hall Corps and was a good way for us to meet more locals and start promoting Boundless to youths in the UKI Territory. We aren’t as involved locally as some of the others but we have been able to get to know several people from what we have done. That wasn’t a well-composed sentence but I’m not changing it.

The last thing I have to say is about nicknames. Somehow we have attained the nicknames “Barbie” and “Ken”… it’s mostly John Murray’s fault. John works in the Communications Department at IHQ so we’ve seen him around a lot. He’s also one of very few Americans (Canadian, that is) in the building. Jeremiah attained the nickname “Congressman” from how he dressed for a video we did a couple weeks ago. It suits because he works in the Congress office. Lols.


The youth chorus. Photo credit: Suzanne

Barbie and Ken.

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Behind Boundless – Faking it at Football


On Friday night we decided that instead of having our usual family dinner with our team at the boys’ flat, we would all go to the traveling fun fair. Earlier in the week, Mejee and I saw a sign advertising a fair at the park up the road. We had no idea whether it would be amazing or terrible but we thought we would give it a try. After arriving and paying our £1 entrance fee we took a look around the fair and noticed the target audience was much younger than us…significantly younger! After deciding which rides we each wanted to go on, we all bought our tickets – also only £1 each. To our surprise the rides went much faster and longer than any of us expected. We drove bumper cars and went on far too many spinning rides. By the time we used all our tickets we were all feeling quite dizzy and a bit sick so we decided to call it a night.

This weekend we stayed in Beckenham so we could dog sit a dog named Glen. It was nice to stay in a house for the weekend and cook our own dinner. The only part that was not quite as nice was the commute there and back. On the weekends there is often engineering work being done on different tube lines so traveling on the weekends is usually quite the chore. We also learned this weekend that if you’re traveling outside the city on weekends, the buses and tube stations don’t always announce bus stops or times of train arrivals. I’m sure that people from the neighborhood are used to this but for others, like us, it proved quite challenging. Fortunately, with the help of our phones and travel apps, we got off at the right bus stop and were waiting on the correct platform when the train arrived.

We were able to go to Bromley Temple on Sunday which reminded us quite a bit of our corps at home. There are a lot of IHQ employees and officers who attend Bromley so we were able to immediately pick people out of the crowd and felt at home. We were also able to meet people after church in their coffee house which is a cool ministry of Bromley for their community during the week.

Sunday was our one-year anniversary! It’s hard to believe that a year has already gone by. To celebrate, we went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant in Shoreditch. It’s fun to be able to say that we spent our first anniversary in London – I certainly never would have guessed it. It might be hard to beat that next year…

Last night (Tuesday) we got to go see our first proper football match. For our American friends, I’m talking about soccer. Peter, one of our co-workers, was able to get tickets for us which apparently not everyone can do. Here you either have to be a part of a particular club or know someone that is. Despite Arsenal losing we had a lot of fun. There are a lot of cheers and chants that the crowd uses to intimidate or excite the other fans (depending on which side they’re on). We didn’t know any of them but we could mumble along and join in the fun. Eventually we learned the Arsenal chant but it only has one word… Arsenal!



Family Fun Fair

Emirates Stadium – Home of the Gunners

The team with Gunnersaurus

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Behind Boundless – Catchphrase in Catford


We started this weekend with family dinner on Friday night at the William Booth College where the other volunteers are staying. This has been a pretty typical Friday activity since we’ve been here. We made breakfast for dinner which, despite having very different breakfast meats here, turned out well. On our way home there was a fox sneaking around our neighbors’ garden that seemed very interested in us, for some reason. On Sunday we went to a smaller corps in Catford. We’ve been going to Regent Hall until the summer holiday season ended. The UK is very much like the US in that the summer months are often sparse in regards to church attendance because of summer programs, vacations, and whatever else happens in the summer here. Catford isn’t exactly close to where we’re staying (about 75 minutes by train, bus, and walking), but Eddie and Kathy go there and we were invited over to their place afterward for free lunch so we couldn’t pass it up. The Catford Corps is indeed small but it reminded us of the Hilo Temple Corps in Hawaii, which made it feel very homey. I played in the band ,which was mostly made up of members from the Congress Team. Despite our small size we managed to play “I’ll Go in the Strength of the Lord” decently, which is difficult as far as tune book songs go.

After church we went to the Hobgood’s for lunch. We had a tasty combination of American and English food and then recovered with a game of Catchphrase. Spending our Sunday only doing this after a Saturday of even less activity made for a rather relaxing weekend. No cool pictures of Londony stuff, though…

Today we went to the East End of London, where the Salvation Army started. We started at the Quaker burial grounds where William Booth gave led his first meeting as the new leader of the Christian Mission. We then went to the Blind Beggar where Booth first engaged the Mission he would later turn into The Salvation Army. We went to the burial grounds first because of geographic convenience. We continued through Whitechapel and the bustling market to where there is a bust of William Booth and, a little farther, a full statue. There is also a huge mural on the side of one of the buildings with significant figures from British history like the royal family, a man that looked to me like Charles Darwin, and William Booth. We also visited a church plant of the Clapton Corps, which serves during the week as a cafe and charity shop. Our last location was Abney Park where William and Catherine Booth (along with several other well known Army leaders) are buried. The park itself is old and frankly rather creepy looking because it was privately owned by a company that eventually went bankrupt and then for some time was left without care. It’s now a nature preserve but remains pretty overgrown. In a way, that fact adds to the tranquility of the cemetery and makes it feel like you’re in on a secret knowing that so many important people are buried there. I only took one photo on our tour… the rest is video which will most likely be on my next video blog on


 The particularly interested fox pup. Or kit. Or cub.

 The under £1 coins which make up a shield. Just an interesting fact about the currency.

The Boundless 8 in front of William Booth’s statue at Mile End.

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Behind Boundless – Associates and Accidental Adventures


As promised, I will introduce the Fab 5 and Boundless 8 in this post. The Fab 5 are actual employees at IHQ that did most of the headwork for Congress so we could come in and do the fun stuff.


Lt. Colonel Eddie Hobgood is the Congress Coordinator and in charge of the department. He and his wife Kathy (the Assistant Congress Coordinator) have been at IHQ for a few years. They’re very friendly and very Southern. As in Southern US, not England. Kathy has Jodi’s favorite accent. They worked on Congress for a year before establishing the rest of the Fab 5. They were chosen for their roles because of their work with the Millennial Congress in Atlanta and their various events since then. They hired Robert, Peter, and Louise about a year after to help with the rapidly growing list of responsibilities.

Robert Ball is the guy everyone is happy to have on their team because he does everything no one wants to do and keeps us out of trouble. This brilliant mind focuses on legal matters, contracts, logistics, and keeping everyone on the same page both legally and mentally. He is Irish and Jodi can’t really understand him.

Peter Haskew handles all things web and design. And registration. And ticketing. And customer relations. And phone calls. And the IHQ Fantasy Football League. Well, he made sure we were included in the IHQ Fantasy League. His main focus now is registration and all of the headaches that come with it so we love him.

Louise Rutterford was our main contact before we came to the UK. She is in charge of delegates and volunteers and making sure they are all cared for. She did a lot of the ground work involving our visas and is basically the reason we are able to be here legally. She loves charts and spreadsheets and is the main person Jodi will be working with this year.


Alexa is from Portland, Oregon and is our social media guru. She’s the bubbliest and arguably the loudest member of our team, which keeps us nice and vibrant.

Cameron is from Napier, New Zealand and works with Peter on registration and delegate… uh… affairs. They spend a lot of time answering emails and phone calls about registration and its complexities. Cameron is the only one that dances naturally at Hillsong services.

Carmen is from San Francisco, California. She mostly works with Robert on contracts and maps. Lots of maps. Turns out the O2 is pretty big. If you need a toilet at the O2, Carmen now knows where they are. She’s easily the quietest team member.

Jeremiah is from Clearwater, Florida and has his fingers in many different pies, as Eddie would say. His biggest projects at the moment are gathering historical information for potential use in the Congress as well as putting together the film festival. He’s not quite as Southern as the Hobgoods but he smiles just as much.

Kelly is from Pasadena, California and speaks 4 of the 7 languages spoken by the Boundless 8. Quickly. She handles a lot of the big writing projects and edits our writing to make them sound better. She is also very aware of culture globally, having lived in several different countries.

Suzanne is from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is currently working on accommodations and makes sure that there are recreational options for disabled delegates. She came a little later than the other 7 of us but as we all get to know each other we are discovering she is almost as bubbly as Alexa. Almost.

5 of the Boundless 8 with the General and his wife. The other 3 had already gone back to work…

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On to our regular blogging. I decided last week that I would attend band practice at Regent Hall to keep my chops in shape for when I’m back to playing regularly. Jeremiah and I decided to meet at Oxford Circus Station on Wednesday night and go together. We arrived 20 minutes early so we could be set up with an instrument but discovered it was too early when we found the lights were all off. We waited outside for about 15 minutes and when no one else showed up, we figured band had been cancelled or something. I was told band was at 8 so when no one was there at 7:55 it seemed a bit odd. We went to Starbucks instead and then headed home. The next day, one of the corps officers from the Rink (Regent Hall’s nickname- it used to be an ice skating rink) was at IHQ for an event. He asked why we weren’t at band practice and I said no one else showed up last night. He responded with, “Last night? Band is on Tuesdays.” Lesson learned. Not everyone has band on Wednesdays. Songsters was much more successful. We showed up on time AND on the right day.

On Saturday several of us went on an accidental adventure. We started with brunch again at the same place we went to last week. After that, we decided to go to St. Paul’s Cathedral which is right next to IHQ. Jodi and I know the train route well as it is one of our options for our daily commute. On Saturdays, however, there is often service being done on tracks or trains. This Saturday was no different. We didn’t think to check the TFL (Transport for London) website before traveling and thus were caught off guard when the tube stopped and the engineer said it was now going the other direction. We got on another line and made it one station away, where we discovered that line was also turning around. We were in Central London so we decided to just go up to ground level and explore. We ended up at the Tower of London which, if you don’t know, isn’t actually a tower. We didn’t go inside because we’re volunteering this entire year and it costs money, but we were able to see the poppies spread around the outer walls which represent each of the fallen soldiers from World War I. We then crossed Tower Bridge (after some selfies) to get to Borough Market which was far busier than we would have preferred. After a few samples and a lot of people dodging, we made our way back out of the market.

At this point we were all pretty tired of people so we headed to St. Paul’s at last. There were far fewer tourists in the area but because of the amount of fog we decided not to go up into the cathedral, where there is supposed to be a pretty fantastic view. After relaxing in the courtyard we decided Starbucks was in order. We hopped on the number 4 bus to Highbury because I remembered seeing a fancy Starbucks when traveling on that route. Alexa wanted her first London Starbucks to be a fancy one so I figured it would be a good candidate. We got the wrong Starbucks the first time but eventually made it to the one I had seen before. We continued on the route to Highbury where we showed everyone our closet… er… our flat… and we watched British television in the lounge until around 5. We then headed back out to take a tube to Leicester Square where we met Carmen for her birthday dessert. We went to the Haagen-Dazs restaurant which only serves ice cream dishes. By the end of that there was little energy left in any of us so we all went to Covent Gardens to spend what was left of it. I learned quickly that it is not a garden. It’s basically a shopping plaza. With a Moleskine store. Yes. A Moleskine STORE. Too bad I can’t afford paper anymore. We went home after that.


 Tower Bridge selfie with the adventurers (Alexa, Cameron, Suzanne, Jeremiah).

Us. And the bridge.

Carmen’s dessert, which was the best looking.

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Behind Boundless – Pizzas, Parks, and Perfect Weather


While the breakfast served at Highbury is very good, it is the same everyday and can thusly get old. We decided to spend our Saturday morning eating brunch with our friends. We looked for places on the internet and there was a place that was both close and had positive reviews called New London Cafe. We met our friends at the Underground station and walked with them to the cafe, discovering a new charity shop along the way. The food was fantastic and they even let us pay separately! The coffee was Jodi’s favorite she’s had so far in England. They tend to make it more bitter here. We both had a dish called “Ooh La La”, which is basically cinnamon french toast with bacon.

After breakfast, we visited the charity shop we found before and some of the others came out with some good finds. We then went to the park near our flat and played football for a while until a 5-year-old showed us up… we switched to frisbee which, honestly, wasn’t much better. But it was fun nonetheless. I have wanted to visit a Haagen Dazs restaurant (yes, it exists) since discovering it on Oxford Street 3 weeks ago but we hadn’t had the time or stomach capacity before. I suggested it and we all went back to the Underground station. While on the train, however, we decided breakfast was sweet and substantial enough for our appetites so we got off at King’s Cross Station to go to Platform 9 3/4. If you haven’t read or watched Harry Potter, you’re probably wondering how that exists. And you should probably also skip to the next paragraph. We went to Platform 9 3/4 but there was a queue far longer than any of us were willing to stand in. We might go back to the photo op when tourist season is over. Instead, we just went to the gift shop and pretended we could afford Harry Potter memorabilia.

On Sunday we all decided to go to the Catford Corps to surprise the Hobgoods. Jodi and I made it to the first transfer in Peckham Rye but I misread the screen which resulted in our waiting at the wrong platform. We saw our train come and go from across the tracks and discovered to our dismay that the next one didn’t leave until after the service started. We took the Overground back into London and attended Regent Hall instead. While we were there, I was invited to Band and Songsters practice, which starts back up this week. Their rehearsals are on two different nights but I don’t have much else to do on week nights yet… Jodi is only joining Songsters. After church we went to the London Eye, which is a massive ferris wheel right on the edge of the Thames. I attempted to make a time lapse video of the rotations but the sun was too direct for the lighting to work. The view was spectacular, though, and we could see for miles. Makes us appreciate the clear days while we have them.

Last night we had a “family dinner”, as we have come to call them, with the rest of the Boundless 8, which is what we call the 8 Congress volunteers. Alexa and Kelly made the dough from scratch, which is pretty impressive. The rest of us were responsible for bringing sauce, toppings, drinks, or dessert. We have a standard procedure now where each of us brings a part of the meal and that also distributes the cost. The pizzas turned out better than we expected, considering we hadn’t really made pizzas from scratch before. Next week I’ll go over each of the Boundless 8 members so you know who we’re talking about when we refer to them. If you want to know now, one of the other members has already done that in her blog.


Ooh La La.

 From the London Eye.

The Boundless 8. And Timon.

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Behind Boundless – Flops, Fridges, and Food Findings


Our accommodations in Highbury come with a provided dinner, which is left for us in a refrigerator outside our room. It typically appears there before we get home by some form of witchcraft we have yet to discover. On Tuesday, however, we opened the fridge after returning from IHQ to discover there wasn’t any food in it. We waited for a while until we decided to ask the front desk if we had been forgotten or ignored… in a polite manner. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anyone attending the front desk. We waited another 45 minutes or so and tried again to no avail. At this point we were very hungry and decided there wasn’t going to be any Highbury-provided dinner so we went out to find a Thai restaurant. There is one closer than our tube station, less than a 10 minute walk. To our surprise it was also delicious! We finished our food after asking for our bill (which, heads up, you have to do here) and headed back home. Much to our dismay, we opened the closet containing our refrigerator only to find that there was a meal there waiting for us. It was probably because we were home and the witchcraft doesn’t work when we are nearby. That’s my theory, anyway. As tasty as it looked and smelled (Yorkshire pudding!) we simply weren’t hungry. We rarely see anyone around that we could have offered the food to so we begrudgingly decided to throw it away. Neither of us are really the type to tell the concierge that we went out for Thai food and needed to find a place to throw their dinner away… We’re supposed to let them know if we won’t be home for dinner by 10 am. Lesson learned: good things come to those who wait. Hopefully none of the Highbury staff read our blog…

Jodi’s birthday was on Thursday so we went out with the other Volunteers on Wednesday to celebrate with dinner. Jodi didn’t know it was happening. I called Highbury from IHQ because we have to let them know if we will miss dinner… I didn’t want a repeat of the night before. When we got home Jodi was keen to do laundry but I kept “procrastinating” with other excuses, trying to buy time. Fortunately, someone was already using the laundry facilities (or facility; there’s one washer and one dryer) so we had to wait anyway. Dinner still hadn’t shown up, which wasn’t a surprise to Jodi after the previous night, so I convinced Jodi we should go for a walk. While we were out, I told her we should go to a bakery (which I made up) down at King’s Cross, which is only one tube stop away from us. Birthday people are supposed to bring their own pastries at work so she agreed. When we got to King’s Cross, however, I lead her to another tube instead of to the way out. She started getting suspicious at this point. She figured our scheme out on the second tube ride but she was still happy to have dinner with the team in China Town. Also, Leicester Square is ridiculous at rush hour. I was almost taken out by a woman on a bike to whom traffic laws don’t apply, apparently.

On Thursday, Jodi’s actual birthday, we went to Simon and Rachel Gash’s house for a properly cooked roast dinner. We remembered to let Highbury know in advance, too. It was nice to spend some time in a home because all of our time so far has been spent in the office, at our hotel-esque studio, or on a train. We had a fun night getting to know them and their two kids who are basically the cutest kids ever, British accent and all. We had only planned to meet up “Thursday” without thinking about the fact it was Jodi’s birthday but it turned out to be a very nice birthday dinner anyway.

Some new fun facts:

There are foxes here. Like, real foxes in our driveway that stroll around the neighborhood like it’s nothing. Weird. Last night we were able to see our breath for the first time and it’s only August. Scarves will come in handy. If you need to do laundry here, set 3 hours aside. Their washers here are tiny. If you’re going to an event in the middle of nowhere, don’t show up 3 hours early. Not all of London is interesting and safe. Listerine is expensive here. If anyone is compiling care package lists, you can add a giant green Listerine bottle to it.


Jodi’s birthday dinner in Chinatown.

Post-dinner exploration in the city. 

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. 

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Behind Boundless – Becoming British


This weekend we visited Hadleigh Farm which is the location of the Hadleigh Training Centre, a facility focused on teaching people with special needs how to develop work skills safely. It was originally started by William Booth back in 1891 when he basically bought the entire hillside to host his vision farm. If you have ever seen the poster and cover from “In Darkest England and the Way Out”, “The Farm Colony” is Hadleigh Farm. And we’ve been there. End of history lesson.

In the office, we’re starting to get more and more familiar with everything Boundless. We and the other Congress volunteers have also been assigned to various jobs depending on our skill sets and interests. Jodi will be working mostly with volunteer services so the congress can function with ease and with the sponsored delegates for Boundless who are coming to the event on some form of aid or scholarship-like program. I will be split between International and UK Headquarters for the most part and my duties fall mostly into programming and logistics for visiting musical groups. I will also be helping the Congress Office with any video needs for the website and marketing.

Personally, we’re finally getting acclimated to the weather, time zone, jargon, and public transport system. We have umbrellas and travel cards now so we’re ready for anything! There isn’t much of a language barrier here but there are several words and phrases we have discovered that don’t always mean the same thing. Similarly, people react differently in social situations because, believe it or not, England’s culture is completely different from America’s. Life is hard without a Target down the road but we’ve managed to find stores that sell what we need.


 Hadleigh Castle. Or what’s left of it.

Most of the Congress Team, in front of William Booth’s house at Hadleigh Farm.

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Behind Boundless – Living in London


So we have finally arrived in London and hit the ground running. We started work almost instantly- we arrived in London on Monday afternoon and started work at IHQ on Tuesday morning. There are 5 other volunteers here so far and an eighth will join us at the end of the month.

Our first day was spent organizing our room and getting familiar with our neighborhood. Our accommodations are small but newly refurbished. There is a photo of the very English courtyard located in our backyard.

Yesterday we started the day with department devotions in the International chapel and walked around Central London for a couple of hours after that. We got to see all of the typical touristy sites like Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Thames, the London Eye, etc. After that, we took the train to the O2 Arena where the Boundless Congress will be taking place. This helped us get a general idea of what will be taking place and where it will be happening.

We have started to learn how to use the public transport here and have learned a bit about London in the process:

1) Street signs are on buildings. Look up.

2) Not knowing how to use your Oyster (travel) card will cause a line of disgruntled Londoners to form behind you.

3) Do not talk to or make eye contact with anyone on the tube. Ever.

4) Many newspapers and magazines are free! And actually read!

5) Things aren’t as cheap as they look. A British Pound is worth more than a US dollar…

6) Sleep deprivation and jet lag are funny.

7) Layer your clothing. It will rain. Even if your phone tells you otherwise.


 The Courtyard

 From our tour around London

International Headquarters with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background